Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition

Do you have what it takes to truly innovate higher education? Can your company deliver a pitch that strikes home with the higher education community?

A select group of 10 Start-Up Alley companies will be chosen to participate in the Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition at the EDUCAUSE 2016 Annual Conference. The competition is an exciting event where 10 start-ups will present their business pitch in the corporate exhibit hall Learning Theater. You could be one of the next generation innovators impacting higher education and attracting the attention of key higher education leaders to your company’s solutions.

Presenters will pitch their business ideas to a diversified panel of judges including higher education, ed-tech, investors, and other leading innovators in the field. Judges will be confirmed and announced soon. Judges will select the top three finalists who will then present again on the last day where the winner will be selected and announced. 

Award

Winners will be determined and a special prize package awarded to the Grand Prize and Runner-Up winners.

Grand Prize

  • $2,500 cash prize from our sponsor
  • Full year EDUCAUSE corporate membership
  • One complimentary registration to attend an EDUCAUSE event of your choice
  • Advertising in EDUCAUSE Review: two full page, one-half page

Runner-Up Prize

  • Full year EDUCAUSE corporate membership
  • One complimentary registration to attend an EDUCAUSE event of your choice
  • Advertising in EDUCAUSE Review: 1 full page, 1 one-half page (all full-color)
     

Application Process

Selected and confirmed participants of Start-Up Alley 2016 are able to participate in the Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition. Companies interested must complete and submit the online application. Deadline for submitting this application is August 26, 2016.

Start-Up Alley, Edtech Playground and Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition Sponsor

This year's Start-Up Alley, Edtech Playground and Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition is sponsored by Penn State. Make sure to engage with Penn State during the preconference Emerging Edtech Company Mixer, in the Start-Up Alley and Edtech Playground areas in the Exhibit Hall, and at our Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition. Penn State will participate on our judging panel for the Under the Ed Radar competition.


 

2015 Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition Participants

The following ten Start-Up Alley companies were chosen to participate in 2015's Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition. Congratulations to Zaption (Grand Prize Winner) and GetSet Learning (Runner Up).  To see each company's seven minute pitch session, click on the company name for their video stream.

Flipgrid

Pitch Focus: Student Success
Presenter: Kevin Soran, Education Specialist

myExemplars

Pitch Focus: Student Success
Presenter: Tim O’Connor, CEO

Pear Deck

Pitch Focus: Student Success
Presenter: Anthony Showalter, President

Campus Bubble

Pitch Focus: Recruitment and Retention
Presenter: Spencer Barkoff, CEO

Career Pillar

Pitch Focus: Student Success
Presenter: Edgar Blunt, Co-Founder and CEO

Quadlyfe

Pitch Focus: Recruitment and Retention
Presenter: Christopher Downs, Director of Product Development

we-inspire

Pitch Focus: Student Success
Presenter: Michael Esfahani, West Region Manager

GetSet Learning (Runner up)

Pitch Focus: Retention
Presenter: Karan Goel, CEO and Founder

Zaption (Winner)

Pitch Focus: Student Success
Presenter: Chris Walsh, CEO

NoteBowl

Pitch Focus: Student Success
Presenter: Andrew Chaifetz, Founder and CEO

Get Started

Invited to participate in Start-Up Alley? If so, please apply to the Under the Ed Radar Pitch Competition as well.

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Sponsored by

The Pennsylvania State University

Key Dates

  • Selection Announcement for Start Up Alley: August 22

  • Application Deadline for Under the Ed Radar: August 26

  • Selection Announcement for Under the Ed Radar: September 2

  • Companies Present First Round of Pitches: October 26 & 27

  • 3 Finalists Present Pitches; Winner Announced: October 27